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Godless in the garden

Welcome to gardeners, growers of veggies, fruits, flowers, and trees, backyard hen enthusiasts, worm farmers, & composters!

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If you like to dig in the dirt, grow flowers, putter around the yard, dig in the kitchen garden, raise backyard hens, or just like daydreaming about the garden, this is the place.

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Comment by Thomas Murray on January 19, 2017 at 1:19pm

Thanks to all for the nice comments of our birdhouse.

I must point out that the design is not ours but from a bird house book I bought. I made a few modifications to it and this book didn't spell out all the measurements. We had to do some guesses of length and widths. We did follow recommended hole size for a particular bird and in this case the hole size is 1 inch for Wrens. This birdhouse is our third one. Our first two bird houses were ordinary houses, but this one we decided to explore our creativeness.

For all the size and design recommendations for any particular bird, I follow" Audubon Birdhouse Book" by Margaret A. Barker & Ellissa Wolfson and "The Birdhouse Book" by Don McNeil.

Randall: I'll ask my son if he is for hire.

We"ll be making more soon. Spring will be upon us soon and I plan to take full advantage of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 19, 2017 at 7:14am
Very nice birdhouse, Thomas. My bluebird houses are in need of repair/replacing. Is your son for hire?!
My garden looks so bleak right now, except for a few cilantro sprigs. I haven't even thought about my plans yet.
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:38am

Daniel, how is your energy staying so high? You do so much, and give me and us so much pleasure with your gardening. 

I'm still a reclining chair slouch. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 19, 2017 at 2:37am

Thomas, your splendid birdhouse will make some bird happy and bring you joy as well. 

Good job! Your nine-year-old son has an excellent helper. 

Comment by Daniel W on January 18, 2017 at 7:50pm

Even though it's way too early, today I dug the patch of ground where I'm going to move my horticultural blackberry vines.  Last year that spot was squashes.  I also sprinkled lime, because my soil is calcium deficient and very acidic, and that spot got lots of coffee grounds.

Even though it's way too early, I discovered seed potatoes at Home Depot and bought some, along with some for sweet potatoes.  I'm growing onion seeds, but could not resist buying some onion sets too.  Just for backup, not needed, but will not go to waste.

I'm going crazy waiting for the real gardening season to start!

Comment by Daniel W on January 18, 2017 at 7:47pm

Thomas, what a beautiful birdhouse!  It's awesome!

You are right about birds being essential to gardening.  Many birds are insectivores and even many birds that eat birdseed are omnivorous and consume vast amounts of insects.  We think of hummingbirds as drinking nectar, but a hummingbird consumes 2,000 insects daily.   Wrens are primarily insectivores.  A Tree Swallow also eats 2,000 insects daily and consumes 300,000 insects per nesting family.  http://www.sialis.org/tres.htm

And there are many others. 

That's also a beautiful birdhouse! 

Comment by Thomas Murray on January 18, 2017 at 3:04pm

Hey guys,

My youngest son (9 years old) and I completed a designer birdhouse for the coming Spring.Took us about 3 hours and two fence boards to make it. I did all the sawing and my son did all the measuring and  the hammering. I believe birds are essential to gardening and such.

What do you guys think?

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:09pm

Interesting video on onion bunches.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2017 at 1:08pm

Daniel, the heating tape on the water pipes is a good idea.  I didn't think of that when mine froze.  That would have been better than my welding cable.

Hope you do get lucky.

Comment by Daniel W on January 8, 2017 at 12:59pm

Planted onion seeds in Cottage Cheese containers.  Each should hold 25 or maybe 50 plants.  The cost per plant is under 1 cent.  Which makes my inner German smile.

 

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